ABU DHABI – Department of Health – Abu Dhabi (DoH), the regulatory body for the healthcare industry in the emirate, and US-based Eversight, one of the world’s leading not-for-profit eye banks, have partnered to establish the UAE’s first Eye and Organize the bank.
The agreement will see the creation, development and operation of a comprehensive and seamless eye transplant framework in the UAE.
The meeting was attended by DoH Chairman Abdulla bin Mohamed Al Hamed and Eversight Global Development Director Carrie Wolverton, and the partnership was manifested at Eversight through a memorandum of understanding signed by DoH Undersecretary and Global Development Director Dr. Jamal Mohammed Al Kaabi.
Through this strategic partnership, DoH and Eversight will establish a foundation in three phases of project design, implementation and management. At an early stage, the two entities will focus on implementing the necessary arrangements for the Abu Dhabi Eye and Tissue Bank as an importer of corneas and other ophthalmology-related tissues in the region. In addition to integrating the Eye and Tissue Banking program into the UAE’s national organ donation and transplantation programme.
For its part, Eversight will develop a comprehensive medical framework to standardize and operate procedures across all clinical functions within the Abu Dhabi Eye and Tissue Bank, based on international best practice in Abu Dhabi.
Dr Al Kaabi said: “Under the direction of our wise leadership, Abu Dhabi continues to work with leading international institutions to elevate its national healthcare operations in all aspects. We are proud to partner with Eversight today to build another high-impact program, helping to sustain and improve life in the UAE and beyond. Through this partnership, we aim to further improve healthcare outcomes and provide a fast and seamless procedure for all patients in the UAE who need eye tissue transplants.”
Al Kaabi added: “We encourage all community members to register their consent to donate postmortem organs and tissues. As we work endlessly to reaffirm Abu Dhabi’s position as a leading destination for healthcare, we empower our community through noble and emotional actions Be a part of the journey of excellence.”
Erik Hellier, Eversight Director of Global Development, said: “Our vision for the future is to expand our reach, connect more effectively with all communities, and provide a life of hope to anyone in need. Our vision is one without blindness. world. This partnership is a huge step towards that vision. It has been the highlight of my 17 years working with eye banks and we are very excited about the future.”